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Thomas Stern Info: Joseph Spence (1910-1984) (32) RE: Joseph Spence 19 Jul 21


announcement from Smithsonian Folkways:

SFW40242 Encore: Unheard Recordings of Bahamian Guitar and Singing
Joseph Spence

Encore is a new album produced from previously unheard archival recordings by the legendary Bahamian guitarist Joseph Spence, made in 1965 at the height of his career. Spenceís radically innovative guitar style transformed elements of Bahamian traditional music into adventurous, joyful improvisations and influenced players worldwide. His powerful singing stemmed directly from the rhyming tradition created by Bahamian sponge fishermen early in the 20th century. The music is punctuated by Spenceís unique, sometimes otherworldly vocalizations including humming, short bursts of lyrics, and near-scat singing. Some of the recordings include singing by Spenceís sister Edith Pinder and her family members Raymond and Geneva Pinder. Producer Peter K. Siegel captured these performances at Spenceís only New York concert, at the performerís cottage in Nassau, Bahamas, and at Siegelís apartment in Manhattan.

Track Listing
101 Won't That Be A Happy Time?        Joseph Spence        1:16        
102 Out on the Rolling Sea        Joseph Spence        3:08        
103 Down By the Riverside        Joseph Spence        3:18        
104 Bimini Gal        Joseph Spence        2:41        
105 The Crow        Joseph Spence        3:05        
106 In Times Like This        Joseph Spence        1:49        
107 Death and the Woman        Joseph Spence        2:28        
108 Give Me that Old Time Religion        Joseph Spence        2:32        
109 Run Come See Jerusalem        Joseph Spence        3:31        
110 Brown Skin Girl        Joseph Spence        2:16        
111 The Glory of Love        Joseph Spence        2:42        
112 Great God What Do I See and Hear?        Joseph Spence        2:37        
113 That Glad Reunion Day        Joseph Spence        2:59


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